UT AgResearch to Hold Spring Holstein Heifer Sale March 11

dsc0037_2The University of Tennessee’s East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center will sell 89 Holstein heifers raised at its Little River Animal and Environmental Unit located in Walland, Tennessee. The sale will take place on Saturday, March 11, beginning at 10 a.m. EST.

The sale will feature young females from 3 months of age through 13 months of age. The vaccinations for each animal are up to date. A breakdown of the sale animal ages and full pedigree information for each is available and posted online at the website for Walnut Grove Auction & Reality: walnutgroveauction.com.

The center will also sell 20 calf hutches in excellent condition.

Bobby Simpson, center director says the calves will make great replacement animals for any herd. “We hope dairy producers turn out to bid on some of the best-grown heifers in the Southeast,” he said. He adds that some of the animals should make excellent show cattle.

The sale will be conducted at the Little River Animal and Environmental Unit at 3229 Ellejoy Road in Walland. A map and directions are available on the center’s website: east.tennessee.edu.

The East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center is one of 10 research facilities operated by UT AgResearch as part of the UT Institute of Agriculture.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu.

NCBA and PLC Accepting Applications for Summer Internships

Open Positions Include Public Policy Intern and Semester Law Clerk

US Capitol in Washington DC

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council’s government affairs office in Washington, D.C., is accepting applications for a 2017 Summer public policy intern as well as a semester law clerk. The deadline to submit an application for either position is March 1, 2017.

The internships give college students the opportunity to work alongside staff on a range of issues that impact U.S. cattlemen and women. The interns will work closely with the lobbying team on Capitol Hill and assist with NCBA and PLC’s regulatory efforts, providing college students a one-of-a-kind view into the policy making process.

Producer-led and consumer-focused, NCBA is the nation’s oldest and largest national organization representing America’s cattle producers. PLC is the only organization in Washington, D.C., dedicated solely to representing cattle and sheep ranchers that utilize federal lands. The organizations work hand-in-hand on many issues, sharing office space in the heart of the nation’s capital.

The public policy internship will give students an opportunity to learn about career options and provide practical experience. From tax and trade to environmental and food safety regulations, interns will work on a variety of issues and have the opportunity to work specifically in the area of their interest. College juniors, seniors and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

The summer law clerk will provide support to NCBA’s Environmental Counsel on issues relating to environmental legislation and regulations that impact beef producers. The position will also work closely with the Executive Director of the Public Lands Council on issues relating to Federal lands management, grazing, and the Endangered Species Act. To apply for the law clerk position, students must currently be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school.

The full-time internship and law clerk positions will begin May 22, 2017 and end August 25, 2017. To apply for the public policy internship or law clerk position, visit www.beefusa.org.

Collegiate Beef Advocacy Team Formed at the Cattle Industry Convention

collegiate-beef-advocacy-team-photoThe newly formed Collegiate Beef Advocacy program is ready to take over the beef promotion world. It was launched at the recent Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Nashville in early February, and is sponsored by the American National CattleWomen. Three young ladies from across the country were chosen to represent the millennial voice and will serve one year as official promoters and advocators for the beef industry.

Elizabeth Loseke of Nebraska is currently studying to become a veterinarian and is one of the members elected to the team. “I have two goals I’d like to accomplish in this role,” said Loseke. “The first is to use this as an opportunity to reach parents who are making food choices for their family and let them know that beef is a healthy and nutritious option. The second is that through my education, I would have some credibility as a veterinarian and promoter of beef, and would be able to have discussions with state and national legislators on the importance of agriculture.”

Haley Goodall of North Dakota is also excited about reaching the millennial consumers and hopes to bring beef information to a wide audience. “The beef industry is so much more than what people realize and has so much more value in diets than what the mainstream gives it credit for. I hope this team can help bring awareness.”

McKinzie Smith of Utah echoes Goodall and says “I want everyone to know that beef is the way to go.”

The team will meet with leaders of ANCW to form strategies and beef messaging plans for the upcoming year. Look for their great work in the days ahead!

Anderson Elected President of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association

steve-andersonMembers of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association (TCA) recently elected Steve Anderson of Smith County as the association’s president during the 32nd annual convention and trade show in Murfreesboro. Anderson will serve in this role for the next two years.

Anderson has extensive experience in the cattle business. He has been a seedstock producer, a commercial cow-calf operator, a stocker/backgrounder, feedlot consultant, order buyer and a livestock market employee. Currently, he is the owner of the Woodbury Livestock Market in Cannon County.

“I bring a unique perspective to this office that no one before me has had,” said Anderson. “With these experiences in my portfolio, I can relate to everyone’s feelings in the business.”

Charles Hord, executive vice president of TCA is excited to have Anderson at the helm. “Anderson has a passion for the cattle industry that started as a boy when he worked at the local sale barn. He now operates his own sale barn, as well as a stocker operation. He is all cattleman and will represent producers in Tennessee very well.”

Anderson hopes that in this role he will be able, with the help of others, create more programs and promote the importance of vaccinations in herds. “Vaccinating cattle is so much more important than many realize. It’s one of my goals to help producers see that.” He also wants producers in Tennessee to understand that together more can be accomplished than alone. “As policy and procedures that affect our industry are considered at the state level and nationally, I want everyone to know that TCA will be watching. Together, we have a large voice so it’s important that we join and become a collective group through groups like TCA.”

2017 Cattle Inventory Stable in Tennessee

DSC_7001The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the Cattle report today, showing no overall change in cattle numbers in Tennessee.

The Tennessee cattle and calf inventory for January 1, 2017 was estimated at 1.83 million. Total inventory was unchanged from last year. Five classes showed decreases from the previous year.

“Tennessee’s 2017 cattle inventory remains unchanged from last year,” according to Debra Kenerson, Tennessee State Statistician. “The increase in the number of cows and the decrease in calves are indicative of the effects of the drought last fall, which caused producers to start feeding hay an average of six months early. The combination of feed and water shortages caused cattle producers to hold on to their breeding stock while selling calves, which would have to be fed for a long period of time before being bred.”

Cows and heifers that have calved were estimated at 950,000 head, up 20,000 head from the 930,000 for 2017. Beef cow inventory was estimated at 909,000 head and milk cows were estimated at 41,000 head.

Heifers 500 lbs. and over were estimated at 270,000 head, down 10,000 from last year’s estimate. Beef replacement heifers totaled 145,000 head, down 15,000 from January 2016. Dairy heifers, at 35,000 head, were up 8,000 from 2016. Other heifers, at 90,000 head, were down 3,000 from the previous year. Steers 500 lbs. and over numbered 135,000 head, down 10,000 from 2016. Bulls 500 lbs. and over were up 5,000 head from a year ago and numbered 65,000 head. Calves less than 500 lbs. were estimated at 410,000 head, down 5,000 from the 2016 estimate.

The 2016 calf crop was estimated at 840,000 head, down 10,000 from the previous year’s estimate.

All cattle and calves in the United States, as of January 1, 2017, totaled 93.6 million head. This is 2 percent above the 91.9 million head on January 1, 2016.

All cows and heifers that have calved, at 40.6 million head, are 3 percent above the 39.5 million head on January 1, 2016. Beef cows, at 31.2 million head, are up 3 percent from a year ago. Milk cows, at 9.35 million head, are up slightly from the previous year.

All heifers 500 pounds and over, as of January 1, 2017, totaled 20.1 million head. This is 1 percent above the 19.9 million head on January 1, 2016. Beef replacement heifers, at 6.42 million head, are up 1 percent from a year ago. Milk replacement heifers, at 4.75 million head, are down 1 percent from the previous year. Other heifers, at 8.88 million head, are 1 percent above a year earlier.

Calves under 500 pounds in the United States, as of January 1, 2017, totaled 14.4 million head. This is 2 percent above the 14.1 million head on January 1, 2016. Steers weighing 500 pounds and over totaled 16.4 million head, up slightly from one year ago. Bulls weighing 500 pounds and over totaled 2.23 million head, up 4 percent from the previous year.

The 2016 calf crop in the United States was estimated at 35.1 million head, up 3 percent from last year’s calf crop. Calves born during the first half of 2016 were estimated at 25.6 million head. This is up 4 percent from the first half of 2015. Calves born during the second half of 2016 were estimated at 9.53 million head, 27 percent of the total 2016 calf crop.

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for all feedlots totaled 13.1 million head on January 1, 2017. The inventory is down 1 percent from the January 1, 2016 total of 13.2 million head. Cattle on feed, in feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head, accounted for 81.2 percent of the total cattle on feed on January 1, 2017. This is up 1 percent from the previous year. The combined total of calves under 500 pounds and other heifers and steers over 500 pounds (outside of feedlots) is 26.6 million head. This is 2 percent above one year ago.DSC_7001

This and all Tennessee NASS reports are available online at https://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Tennessee/. For more information, call Debra Kenerson at (615) 891-0903, or (800) 626-0987.